Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Subordination by Katie Ashley



Title: Subordination
Author: Katie Ashley @katieashleyluv
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 253 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulation that her clients brought her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different profession—one she was planning to embark on at the summer’s end.

And then he changed everything. Tall, dark, impossibly built—William was the complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the subs, Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her walls.

But it was just supposed to be for that one night, but an accidental encounter days later outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did.

And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them.

Michelle's Review

If you are a fan of Katie Ashley, you know that this book is a different type of read than her other Contemporary Romances she has written in the past.  Ms. Ashley takes us into the BDSM world, one of my favorite type of genres to read.  What I loved even more was that in this story, it was a female Domme and a male submissive.  Sophie Jameson a/k/a Mistress Juliette, is a paid Domme.  She works out of necessity to help pay not only for her father’s medical expenses, the farm where she was raised, also helping her younger brother out, but also her schooling.  When Sophie was Mistress Juliette, that is all she focused on, was to inflict pain/pleasure to her clients, never once having the urge to control a man outside of the dungeon walls, that is until she meets William Foster.

At first glance, you would assume William is a Dom, he just exudes Alpha male and an air about himself, well was Sophie so wrong on her assumption.  William is a true masochist which Sophie knows all too well when dealing with her clients, but she’s is literally physically attracted to William.  After their first play scene at the club, she bumps into him outside the club’s door.  One night of passion, and of course, some pain play, Sophie is determined to but the sexy man out of her mind.   She is supposed to start working as an English teacher and her needs are to focus in helping her dad out at home and her new job.  Little did she know that her new principal is the sub that she not only flogged but did the horizontal mambo.

Sophie just wants the ground to swallow her up.  William wants to keep having a relationship with Sophie.  Sophie is pretty against having a relationship, especially a D/s relationship.  She felt that was something that she just did as a job, not that she got off on giving pain, but she was willing to try a secret relationship with William.

This book had a lot of BDSM elements and if you’re a fan, then you are going to really like this book, aside from that, it had a storyline and at times, very emotional parts as well.  I adored Sophie’s brother Ansel, and her dad Mike.  I really adored William as well, he was such a great guy and and an awesome submissive, very sexy.  The sexy times, pretty hot.  I was pleasantly surprised with this book having read Ms. Ashley’s other books.  I hope Ms. Ashley continues to write this type of genre in the future.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.



Keeping his head bowed, he asked, “Mistress, will you give me the honor of pleasuring you?”


“But why?”

I swept my hands to my hips. “Are you being insubordinate with me?”

“No, mistress. I just wish you would consider my offer.”

“And why is that?”

“Because I want to please you. I want to make you come as hard as you made me.”

“Sorry. The answer is still no,” I replied as I took the rope over to the sink to be disinfected.

When I turned around, surprised filled me at the sight of William on his feet again. His gaze still remained averted from mine. “Look at me,” I commanded.

He raised his eyes to stare at me full on as I walked back over to him.  Although he was trying to mask it, I could tell he was hurt by my refusal. “I want you to understand that it’s not you—you didn’t do anything to displease me. I don’t receive pleasure from any of my subs.”

“You should,” he insisted.

Cocking my head at him, I said, “You should remember how to talk to your mistress.”

Instead of appearing apologetic, he took a step forward. “May I at least kiss you?”

As I gazed at his earnest expression, I didn’t see what it could hurt. “Fine. A kiss and then you go on your merry little way.” I poked a finger into his breastbone. “And you tip me well.”

William smiled. “Yes, Mistress.”

I stood toe to toe with William and tilted my chin. “Kiss me,” I instructed.

He dipped his head, and he closed his eyes. At the slight brush of his lips against mine, a shiver of anticipation shot down my spine. I felt like I was thirteen again with a boulder of anxiety in my stomach as the boy I liked kissed me behind our barn. When he deepened the kiss, he brought his arms around me, molding me to him. The kiss was everything—passionate, intimate, and affectionate. It felt like rediscovering a lost emotion—a lost part of me.   

Needing more, I sucked his tongue inside my mouth. The moment I gave him the green light, a switch flipped inside William. The reverent way his mouth had worshipped mine was replaced with a desperate conquering. His tongue battled along with mine, sucking, licking, devouring. An ache began to build between my thighs, and I pressed my hips against William’s.  

His hand left the small of my back to wrap around my braid. He tugged on it, pulling me back to look at him. “I want to taste every part you, not just your mouth.”

Breathless from our exertions, it took me a moment to find my voice. “I told you I don’t do that.”

“Why should you deny yourself?”

Staring into his handsome face, I wondered the same thing. All these years, I’d never taken any pleasure for myself. There had been subs I’d been attracted to like Owen. Not all of them were interested in reciprocating pleasure, but many were. And I told them all no.

As I stood molded against William’s warm, overpowering body like a second flesh, I didn’t want to argue anymore. I wanted to let go. I was a twenty-four year woman who had pretty much sacrificed her life for work, school, and her family. I couldn’t remember the last time an orgasm hadn’t come from a vibrating device.

Dipping his head, William’s breath was warm against my ear. “Please let me make you come.”

At the thought of what his mouth could do on my pussy, I whispered, “Yes.”



Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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